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Australia'Support abuse survivors', PM tells Aust

03:21  13 march  2019
03:21  13 march  2019 Source:   msn.com

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'Support abuse survivors', PM tells Aust© AAP Image/Mick Tsikas Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called for community support for child sexual abuse survivors on the day of the sentencing of George Pell. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has urged Australians to support survivors of child sexual abuse, as the nation absorbs the sentencing of George Pell for crimes against two choirboys.

The Roman Catholic cardinal was sentenced to a maximum of six years, with a non-parole period of three years and eight months, on Wednesday in Melbourne.

He had been convicted of five offences, including the oral rape of a 13-year-old choirboy, committed in the 1990s.

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"I would just ask Australians today to get around those who have been victims of child sexual abuse," Mr Morrison told reporters ahead of the verdict handed down at 11.15am.

"Let them know we know it happened, that we want to help you be stronger and to survive what is the most abominable you could think that could happen to an individual with a breach of trust.

"For me, it's about those against who this abuse was directed and acted upon. It's the most abhorrent thing I can think of."

Pell, who was until late-February the Vatican's treasurer, is the highest-ranking Catholic in the world to be convicted of child sexual abuse.

Mr Morrison said it was important to ensure victims became survivors of abuse.

"I led the national apology to these victims. My thoughts are only with them," Mr Morrison said.

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